U.S. President Barack Obama's nominees for ambassador posts in Afghanistan and Pakistan have pledged to improve diplomatic ties and counterterrorism cooperation with those countries if they are confirmed.
The United States says 2011 was a "landmark year" in the global fight against terrorism, marked by the lowest incidence of worldwide attacks since 2005.
Pakistan and the United States have signed a deal regulating the shipment of U.S. troop supplies to and from Afghanistan.
The United States says religious intolerance continued to plague the world in 2011.
Pakistani authorities have assumed ownership of the land on which Osama bin Laden's house stood until its demolition earlier this year.
The International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has denied a claim by Pakistan's military that ISAF is failing to help stop militants who cross the Afghan-Pakistan border.
Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed four people near the Afghan border.
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Up to eight people are reported to have been killed and others injured in a bomb explosion in northwestern Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border.
Reports from Pakistan say gunmen have shot dead a Pakistani Taliban commander who was linked to a 2010 attack that killed almost 100 people.
Pakistan's Supreme Court has given new Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf another two weeks to ask authorities in Switzerland to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
Gunmen in northwest Pakistan have attacked a convoy of container trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan.